Wage & Hour

  • July 10, 2024

    Performer Hits Atlanta Drag Bar With Wages Class Action

    A performer at Lips Restaurant Atlanta LLC, a bar that provides drag show entertainment to diners and patrons, has filed a proposed class action against the restaurant, its owners and its general manager for allegedly failing to pay proper minimum and overtime wages.

  • July 10, 2024

    4 State AI Bills To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2024

    After Colorado recently moved to the forefront of regulating artificial intelligence in the workplace, numerous other states across the ideological spectrum — including conservative bastions like Oklahoma — are considering legislation of their own. Here, Law360 looks at four bills to regulate the use of AI in the workplace that bear watching in the second half of 2024. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Teamsters Lose 3rd Circ. Fight Over Belated Wage Grievance

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday issued a rare opinion declining to enforce a union's arbitration win, saying a Teamsters unit waited too long to challenge a cemetery operator's read of their new contract's raise language.

  • July 10, 2024

    X Corp., Musk Dodge $500M Severance Suit

    X Corp. and Elon Musk can escape claims they owe former employees $500 million in severance following the business mogul's purchase of the social platform formerly known as Twitter, a California federal judge ruled, saying the facts don't show that federal benefits law governed the payments workers received.

  • July 10, 2024

    Va. Restaurant Pays $172K For Stiffing Workers On OT

    A restaurant in Virginia paid more than $172,000 in back wages and damages for denying 21 workers overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Red State Resistance To DOL Child Labor Enforcement Grows

    Republican governors and state legislators are pushing back against the U.S. Department of Labor's attempts to rein in unlawful child labor, a federal effort those at the state level argue is hurting employers.

  • July 10, 2024

    New Orleans Home Care Co. Pays $110K For OT Violations

    A home care company in New Orleans paid $110,000 in back wages and damages for denying workers overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • July 09, 2024

    7th Circ. Passes On Look At 2-Step Cert. Process, For Now

    A Seventh Circuit panel turned down pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co.'s challenge to an Indiana federal court's decision to grant collective certification in an age discrimination suit, but said it would be open to looking at the two-step certification process in place to greenlight collectives.

  • July 09, 2024

    DOL, Pa. Mexican Restaurant Ink $1.3M Deal To End Tip Suit

    A Mexican restaurant in Pennsylvania will pay more than $1.3 million in back wages, damages and fines to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging it kept portions of workers' tips and denied proper overtime rates, according to federal court papers filed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Dallas Card Dealer Collective Certified In Tip Suit

    A Texas federal judge certified a collective of card dealers for a Dallas poker club who alleged they were paid below minimum wage because they were forced to share their tips with managers, finding Tuesday that their responsibilities were similar enough to support proceeding as a group.

  • July 09, 2024

    Amazon Judge Offers To Quit COVID Pay Case

    A Colorado federal judge urged Amazon and workers suing the company over unpaid COVID-19 screenings to file briefs on whether he should recuse himself from the case, disclosing that his son works for what he believes is an Amazon affiliate.

  • July 09, 2024

    DOL Says It Can Regulate Foreign Farmworkers' Wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor has argued that it has had the authority to regulate wages for foreign H-2A farmworkers for about 40 years, telling a Georgia federal court that 17 Republican attorneys general and two entities cannot halt a rule that just went into effect.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Workers Seek To Appeal $1.3M Tip Deal Denial

    Former employees accusing eight New York City vegan restaurants of wage violations asked a federal judge for a quick appeal of an order denying a proposed $1.3 million settlement, arguing the Second Circuit's take will bring the litigation to a much faster conclusion.

  • July 09, 2024

    NH Brewery Pays $918K For Tip, OT Infractions

    A brewery in New Hampshire paid nearly $918,000 for stiffing 44 workers on their full tips and wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Why Stopping 'Hot' Goods Is Key To Fighting Child Labor

    The U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to combat child exploitation include the use of the Fair Labor Standards Act's provision on "hot" goods, an important tool that ups the ante for accountability across the supply chain, experts say.

  • July 08, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds Prominent Employment Attys To Calif. Offices

    Polsinelli LLP has added a pair of experienced labor and employment attorneys to its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, bolstering the firm's wage-and-hour and general employment practice in the Golden State, according to an announcement made Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    UPS Beats 'Old Boys' Club' Gender Bias Suit For Good

    United Parcel Service Inc. scored a pretrial win Monday in a lawsuit claiming it passed over women for promotions and gave men better pay and working conditions after a California federal judge ruled that the three plaintiffs hadn't done enough to show the shipping company discriminated against them.

  • July 08, 2024

    State Pay Equity Laws May Ease Path For EEOC Salary Survey

    While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's first attempt to collect salary details from employers faced strong headwinds, experts said the proliferation of state-level pay transparency mandates may make a fresh wage data collection effort an easier lift for businesses.

  • July 08, 2024

    Mass. Court Tosses School Nurses' Breaks Suit

    A Massachusetts appeals panel kept a trial court's decision tossing two school nurses' suit claiming unpaid meal breaks, saying the duo was paid for the breaks they spent while remaining on school grounds.

  • July 08, 2024

    Medical Co. Worker Asks 9th Circ. Not To Revive Arbitral Bid

    A worker asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold a lower court's determination that her wage claims against a medical product seller are exempt from federal arbitration law, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying who qualifies for the exemption supports keeping her claims in court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Chevron Irrelevant To Independent Contractor Rule, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court to toss a suit challenging its independent contractor rule, saying that the rule doesn't hurt the trade groups seeking to invalidate it and that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Chevron decision doesn't move the needle.

  • July 08, 2024

    PAGA Reforms Mark New Era In Calif. Labor Law, Attys Say

    Recently enacted reforms to California's Private Attorneys General Act will likely curb the recent surge in multimillion-dollar PAGA settlements and help employers "stop the bleeding," legal experts told Law360, but the amendments are also likely to spur further litigation over newly created ambiguities in the novel Golden State statute.

  • July 08, 2024

    NJ Says State Temp Worker Law Doesn't Conflict With ERISA

    The State of New Jersey urged a federal judge to keep in place the equal benefits provision of its law codifying protections for temporary workers, arguing it is not superseded by ​the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because employers can satisfy the state law without altering ERISA plans.

  • July 08, 2024

    K&L Gates Labor Atty Moves To Cozen O'Connor In Pittsburgh

    Cozen O'Connor expanded its Pittsburgh office this week with the addition of an attorney with nearly two decades of experience in labor and employment law, who moved his practice after more than five years with K&L Gates LLP.

  • July 08, 2024

    DOL Hits Economic Development Co. With Wage Suit

    A company specializing in technology, real estate, energy and healthcare denied workers their full wages and failed to pay some workers any wages, the U.S. Department of Labor alleged in a complaint filed in Kansas federal court Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Lessons From NLRB Judge's Union Bias Ruling

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge’s recent decision that a Virginia drywall contractor unlawfully transferred and fired workers who made union pay complaints illustrates valuable lessons about how employers should respond to protected labor activity and federal labor investigations, says Kenneth Jenero at Holland & Knight.

  • 9 Tools To Manage PAGA Claims After Calif. High Court Ruling

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    In Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, the California Supreme Court recently dealt a blow to employers by ruling that courts cannot dismiss Private Attorneys General Act claims on manageability grounds, but defendants and courts can still use arbitration agreements, due process challenges and other methods when dealing with unmanageable claims, says Ryan Krueger at Sheppard Mullin.

  • The 7th Circ.'s Top 10 Civil Opinions Of 2023

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    Attorneys at Jenner & Block examine the most significant decisions issued by the Seventh Circuit in 2023, and explain how they may affect issues related to antitrust, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and more.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Calif. High Court Ruling Outlines Limits On PAGA Actions

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    While the California Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills held that courts cannot dismiss Private Attorneys General Act claims on manageability grounds, the opinion also details how claims can be narrowed, providing a road map for defendants facing complex actions, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • NY Pay Frequency Cases May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

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    Two recent developments in New York state have unfurled to suggest that the high tide of frequency-of-pay lawsuits may soon recede, giving employers the upper hand when defending against threatened or pending claims, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • A Focused Statement Can Ease Employment Mediation

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    Given the widespread use of mediation in employment cases, attorneys should take steps to craft mediation statements that efficiently assist the mediator by focusing on key issues, strengths and weaknesses of a claim, which can flag key disputes and barriers to a settlement, says Darren Rumack at Klein & Cardali.

  • How To Start Applying DOL's Independent Contractor Test

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    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a worker classification rule that helpfully includes multiple factors that employers can leverage to systematically evaluate the economic realities of working relationships, says Elizabeth Arnold and Samantha Stelman at Berkeley Research Group.

  • PAGA Turns 20: An Employer Road Map For Managing Claims

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    As California’s Private Attorneys General Act turns 20, the arbitrability of individual and representative claims remains relatively unsettled — but employers can potentially avoid litigation involving both types of claims by following guidance from the California Supreme Court’s Adolph v. Uber ruling, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Insights On Noncompetes From 'The Office'

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    Troutman Pepper’s Tracey Diamond, Evan Gibbs, Constance Brewster and Jim Earle compare scenarios from “The Office” to the complex world of noncompetes and associated tax issues, as employers are becoming increasingly hesitant to look to noncompete provisions amid a potential federal ban.

  • 3 Compliance Reminders For Calif. Employers In 2024

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    As we enter into the new year, several recent updates to California employment law — including minimum wage and sick leave requirements — necessitate immediate compliance actions for employers, says Daniel Pyne at Hopkins & Carley.

  • Compliance Refresher Amid DOL Child Labor Crackdown

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    In light of the Labor Department’s recent announcement of new penalty assessment procedures for child labor law violations, Erica MacDonald and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair at Faegre Drinker discuss what employers should know about the department’s continued focus on this issue and how to bolster compliance efforts.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.